The APR is a collaborative effort between Cleveland Clinic Center for Human Nutrition and Dietitians in Nutrition Support (DNS), which is a dietetic practice group of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). It is the goal of this program to train proficient-level registered dietitian/nutritionists to become expert clinicians in the management of nutrition support for adults through the application of evidence-based practice. This residency addresses the need for highly-qualified nutrition support dietitians and aligns with goals from the AND’s initiative for advancement in dietetic careers.
During its 52-week duration, residents will participate in the APR via a distance, e-learning format with assignments structured to occur at the resident’s home hospital, so that residents may continue to work in their current position. This inter-professional, evidence-based program will focus on specialized nutrition support for adults in a variety of hospital and clinical settings. Residents will learn to evaluate and improve clinical practices that will ultimately impact nutritional outcomes for individuals receiving specialized nutrition support therapies.
To provide an inter-professional, evidence-based, advanced practice training program that will teach dietitian residents to consistently provide expert nutritional care for adults receiving specialized nutrition support therapies through systematic clinical teaching, critical evaluation of research and application of potentially better practice to improve nutritional outcomes.
Innovations of the DNS APR
- Will be the first residency to provide specialized training in nutrition support for RDNs to achieve “expert” level as clinicians in the nutrition support field.
- Will offer multi-dimensional training with didactic sessions, mentoring and networking by experts in the nutrition support field, hands-on experience at Cleveland Clinic, and completion of a meaningful, quality-focused long-term project.
- E-learning modules will not only include traditional didactic lectures, but also provide opportunities for further investigation into the topics, applying knowledge back at the resident’s home site, and professional growth.
Training & Experience
Training during the first six months will include weekly didactic sessions with the assistance of a home-based mentor. Further enhancing the experience, nationally-recognized nutrition support experts contribute to the content of the program and partake in guiding residents through the curriculum using a variety of online and telecommunication methods. Additionally, residents complete a 5-day, supervised experience with hands-on sessions led by advanced practice dietitians at Cleveland Clinic, which can be individualized to suit the resident’s area(s) of interest. Here, the residents will learn how to collaborate with physicians and other medical team members to manage the most challenging patients.
During the second six months, the focus shifts to completion of a resident-designed research or quality improvement capstone project. The capstone project will be developed jointly by the resident and Program Director at the beginning of the APR with an intent to benefit the resident’s home facility. The resident will also meet with a Capstone Advisor to review study design and feasibility, as well as assist with data analysis and finding summarization.
The APR has been reviewed by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). At the end of the program, participants will be awarded continuing education credits.
Following is a list of sample topics that the APR will cover:
- Research / Quality Improvement
- Nutrition Support in a Variety of Disease States
- Nutrition Support in Critical Care
- Precepting / Mentoring
- Patient Advocacy
- Diagnosing Malnutrition
- Complications & Monitoring Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
- Home Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition Transitional Care
How to Apply
To apply for Advance Practice Residency (APR) in Adult Nutrition Support, please download the residency application.
- Applications due by August 1, 2018
- Notification of acceptance will be given by September 1, 2018.
Completed application portfolio with all supporting documentation are to be electronically submitted to Andrea Jevenn (APR Program Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Start Date
- Anticipated Program Start Date: March 17, 2019
Full tuition will be due prior to beginning the APR program.
More Information About the Application
Personal Statement should include the following:
- Why applicant is interested in participating in the DNS APR
- Previous nutrition support experience
- Previous research and/or quality improvement experience (as applicable)
- How the applicant plans to use the APR experience in his/her future practice or career goals
- Long-term professional goals
Curriculum Vitae should include the following:
- Employment history
- Additional training experience/certifications
- Membership in professional associations
- Precepting or teaching experience (as applicable)
- Scientific presentations or peer-reviewed works (as applicable)
Letters of Support/Recommendation from the following:
- Applicant’s current supervisor or division director demonstrating support for the applicant’s participation in the APR is required
- Applicant’s identified mentor from the applicant’s home facility
Email Andrea Jevenn, MEd, RD, LD, CNSC (email@example.com) or call 216.444.3551.
Resident Eligibility Criteria:
- Be a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist for a minimum of 4 years
- Have at least 3 years of nutrition support experience with adults
- Having master’s degree is preferred, but not required (all applicants will be required to complete a portfolio regardless of degree attained)
- Identify of a mentor (e.g., advanced level practice RDN, RN/NP, Pharm D, MD) at the home facility who has agreed to help the applicant with the capstone project work throughout the residency program
Tuition and fees: $3,000